Mike has a B Sc. in CGI and Pure Maths from the University of Sydney where he also did his Masters and he is currently doing his PhD. His research is into using interactive realtime photoreal faces in new forms of Human Computer Interfaces (CHI).
Mike has worked in R&D and in production, winning an AFI and being nominated for an Emmy. He has worked as a compositor, vfx supervisor and second unit director on various TV shows. He is perhaps best known for his work as a writer, consultant and educator with the web sites fxguide and fxphd and the new fxphd Academy. Now with huge followings, these sites provide an important link between the film and vfx community and the researchers and innovators who constantly push the limits of technology.
Mike has lectured at NAB, SIGGRAPH, CVMP and SMPTE. He regularly can be heard on the company's own podcasts such as the fxpodcast, the vfx show and fxguidetv, as well as having contributed to News Corp, the BBC (radio) and Wired Magazine (Condé Nast). Mike works out of the company's Sydney offices, but has previously worked in Hollywood and London. He is known internationally and makes a mean Margarita which is a required skill in the company.